Shepherd's fall enrollment sets another record

September 08, 2005

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Preliminary numbers released Wednesday by Shepherd University indicate another record-breaking enrollment for the fall semester.

Shepherd University has 3,911 students, a 5 percent increase over last year's enrollment of 3,720.

"As an integral part of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, it is a pleasure to see Shepherd University thrive and grow," John Sherwood, chair of Shepherd's Board of Governors, said in a news release.

"These record-setting numbers are a result of significant efforts on the part of the faculty, staff and students. Together, we are proud to continue to enhance the education opportunities available at Shepherd," Sherwood said.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is up by nearly 4 percent at Shepherd, 3,307 compared with last fall's 3,184. FTE is defined as the total number of credit hours divided by 15 and is a measure commonly used for budgeting purposes, according to the release.


The Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, once a component of Shepherd University, is a separate institution, so its students are not included as part of Shepherd's enrollment. The combined enrollment of both institutions last year accounted for more than 5,000 students.

Shepherd University began offering master's degrees in the fall of 2003 and has 96 graduate students registered, a 46 percent increase over last year.

The student body at Shepherd has increased by 1,000 students, or 34 percent, since president David L. Dunlop's arrival in 1996. Those figures do not include community college enrollment.

"We anticipate a continued steady growth over the next several years," Dunlop said in the release. "We are trying to manage our enrollment growth wisely in order to maximize our resources."

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